WA Anti-Gunners Post 2023 Agenda Targeting Preemption, Rifle Ban and More

WA Appeals Court Unanimously Upholds Preemption in SAF Lawsuit, iStock-884168778
The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia will become a gun rights battleground in January. iStock-884168778

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Evergreen State gun prohibitionists have announced their 2023 legislative agenda, and according to a liberal Seattle-based publication called Crosscut, they have the support of Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats.

At the same time, an Oregon judge has continued a hold on Measure 114, the gun control package passed narrowly last month. According to KEZI News, another hearing on the measure is scheduled Dec. 23. More about that in a moment.

The billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility has three major Washington State targets, detailed on their website:

Ban semiautomatic rifles, which they call “assault weapons.” The Alliance unilaterally declares: “These weapons were designed for the battlefield—they have no place in our neighborhoods.” With an estimated 25 million such firearms in private possession, they may be in every neighborhood in America.

Repeal State Preemption, which the gun ban lobbying group says will “restore local authority.” This translates to turning over the power for regulating the right to keep and bear arms to municipal anti-gunners including Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. It would turn the clock back almost 40 years to a time when the state had a patchwork of confusing and sometimes conflicting gun laws; exactly what gun prohibitionists want to discourage gun ownership.

Require purchase permits before a citizen can exercise his or her Second Amendment rights. This would involve what they call a “comprehensive background check,” safety training and a waiting period. To paraphrase Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen earlier this year, no other constitutional right is treated with such disdain.

“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees,’” Thomas wrote.

The Alliance agenda also wants to restrict places where licensed concealed carry is allowed. The group calls this tenet “Reject Armed Intimidation.”

Northwest gun rights activists are already fighting the purchase permit requirement in neighboring Oregon, passed as part of Measure 114 last month. The initiative is already tied up with federal and state lawsuits.

On Tuesday, Harney County Circuit Judge continued the temporary restraining order on the purchase permit requirement, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

“I’m going to continue the temporary restraining order with regards to the permit to purchase because I am convinced that there’s irreparable harm to the constitutional right to bear arms under Article 1 Section 27 if I do not,” Judge Raschio said.

The judge, according to OPB, said his hold on Measure 114’s permit requirement will remain in effect until he is advised by the state a permitting system is up and running. Otherwise, nobody in the Beaver State could legally buy a gun.

Kevin Starrett, founder of the Oregon Firearms Federation, told Ammoland News via telephone he’s been hearing from people who have decided it is time to move. However, he’s not going anywhere.

“I’m just not going to give up,” he said.

The legal actions involve literally every major gun rights group in the country, and Starrett is hopeful this will be the chance for all of those organizations to unify and work together for a common good.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, Crosscut quoted Renee Hopkins, Alliance CEO, stating flatly, “We are returning to Olympia with our boldest agenda to date.”

And right there ready to help usher this legislation through will be Inslee and Ferguson. They are perennial gun control supporters. Inslee was quick to sign into law a ban on so-called “large capacity magazines” earlier this year, and Ferguson has already filed a lawsuit against one business in Federal Way, a suburban community located south of Seattle, for allegedly violating the law by continuing to sell magazines that hold more than ten cartridges.

Ferguson is a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition, challenging the magazine ban on constitutional grounds.

The push to ban “semiautomatic assault weapons” is no surprise to grassroots activists who have been expecting such a move since the Alliance spent millions of dollars on a one-sided campaign in 2018 to pass Initiative 1639. It contained the definition of such a firearm—which really doesn’t exist anywhere except in the text of the initiative—that literally applies to all semi-autos.

“Semiautomatic assault rifle’ means any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge,” according to the language in the statute. This describes the Ruger 10/22, Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66, and some popular big game hunting rifles.

Activists accurately predicted the gun ban crowd would wait a few years and come back for a complete ban. SAF’s Alan Gottlieb recently noted this proves the gun control movement will never be satisfied.

With Democrats in full control of the Washington Legislature, the Alliance—emboldened by the fizzle that was supposed to have been a “red wave” in November—evidently figures they can get everything they want.

With all of the federal litigation currently in progress, any legislative victory the Alliance achieves in Washington with the help of Inslee and Ferguson may be short-lived, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Bruen ruling.

SAF and other gun rights organizations are prepared for the “long haul” in the courts, which may be where at least some of the Alliance’s agenda may end up.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Moving only delays the problem of the left. No one who lives in these states that is not directly in the heart of the big cities wants any of the laws they pass. These people are moving to the red states and starting the process all over by changing laws. Sad to say we will lose our gun right and eventually the country. You cant stop the Democratic machine that has taken over the Media, Social Media, FBI and our schools. United We Stand divided we fall and this country is divided.


Division is the Left’s primary tool, executed via many avenues, racism.being popular. Well, the Democrat machine can be stopped, just as King George’s Redcoats were stopped. One merely has to have the same courage and will as our Founding Fathers. Lacking those traits, then, you are correct, America is lost.

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Ignorant (or lying) horse’s asses.


Why anyone would continue to live and work in those Commie infested garbage pits called States is beyond me. I suppose having guzzled enough Soy milk and having had your nuts cut – it isn’t so bad for you “fellers” in Washington and Oregon…lol.

Capn Dad

Interesting however the big elephant in the room is how far are defenders of the Constitution willing to go to defend it? I always ponder that when I read or hear “worth fighting for”.


Agreed. As a NJ resident (and we know how restrictive it is here), many suggested we move across the Delaware to Pa, where it’s far, far less restrictive. So what? If there’ll be restrictive federal legislation, how do we benefit? There are no safe venues. We must fight for law-abiding citizen gun rights wherever we reside.


You better hope that these new laws are not found constitutional because if they are, obiden will sign by decree or push the congress to make a law passing it for everyone. That would include you!!!!! If you think you live in a sanctuary second amendment state, don’t forget that obiden said he would use F15 and Nukes against anyone that did not follow his decree or what the tyrannists dictate. Kinda hard to stop either one with a AR. If we all move to the center of the USA which is what the left wants, it will make it… Read more »


Did it ever occur to you that many people can’t afford the expense to up and go? Listen, think (in your case, a LOT) and then open mouth.


How can you afford not to?


Sorry MB, but that is a really stoopid question.


and the loss of family connections, many people have generations in these shitholes . I have a beach house on cape cod ,learned to shoot and trap there ,a friend of my grandfather had a revolutionary war cannon that he touched off every 4th of july and a ww1 howitzer that rattled windows often , you owned beach you owned 1000 feet into the water now mass is a shithole , and I am sure they would have fits if they knew what guns are in that house ,clearing it this winter and selling land in the family from 1600s.… Read more »

Rob J

As mentioned in previous replies, many believe it is a fight worth taking up to restore their state, others do not have the financial means to move, family, heritage, etc. All are valid reasons to stay and fight in states that can be overturned. Washington state is controlled by a minority of counties that have the majority of population. Outside the Seattle-metro area the state is quite firearm friendly. The piecemeal process of the anti is enacted through every facet of our lives. They endeavor to gain city and county council majority to act against firearm businesses, restrict and reduce… Read more »

Rob J

Unsure why, but many of my posts end up “Awaiting for approval” and are not seen until the following day.


Rob …I think what that does is keep your comment off of the recent comments page . Then when it is approved it shows up in your comments so the majority never see it .


Reality check.. WE are not the ones “guzzling soy milk and having your nuts cut”. You keep this stinky perspective and guess what? Soon enough these destroyers will be doing in YOUR statehouse what they’ve been doint in NY, IL, MD, MA, CT, CA, and lately WA and OR. WAKE UP or they WILL come try and destroy YOUR state too. Its only a matter of time before this cancer metastasises far enough to gobble up YOUR state along with the rest. THEIR goal is to have the United States of America devolve to England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South… Read more »